Grenoble may not rival Paris for architectural beauty, but its proximity to the Alps makes for a different kind of beauty. Grenoble is one of the best jumping-off points for hiking through the French Alps. It even has a special office specifically for tourists who want to hike. And even though the old town of Grenoble isn’t as nice as other French towns (and there are no shortage of beautiful French towns), it’s still got the beautiful red roofs here. Hike up into the bastille and beyond into the mountains and you’ll get an amazing view. Watch the red roofs as they slowly blend into the modern (ugly) buildings, and finally into the mountains themselves. The French Alps are some of the best elements of Europe, so it’s highly appropriate that I’ll shortly be moving to le département du Rhône Alpes in just a few short months!